Hedgehogs are all the rage lately. Therefore it was an easy decision to add one to my Woodland Animals toy collection.
He's teeny tiny.
And filled with adorable personality. Sort of like this baby hedgehog taking a bath.
So I didn't show you everything there was to show about my latest Wonderful Wallaby. You simply saw a hand knit size 2 toddler gray hooded sweatshirt. What I didn't show you was the razzamatazz.
I added wolf ears to the hoodie.
I can barely wait until the child is born and about 18 months old so she can wear her little wolf sweater.
I'm on a critter roll and I managed to finish an adorable fox.
He's quite happy and cheery.
Notes - For the entire body I followed the pattern as written by Amanda Berry. But for the ears, eyes and mouth, I used the alternate ears from Julie William's pattern - Boy Fox in Star Spangled Sweater. The reason that I didn't just follow Julie's pattern is that I had just completed the Ralf Wolf & Todd Fox pattern by Amanda Berry and since it was fresh in my mind, I knew it would be quicker just to repeat it rather than read through another pattern that was would produce similar results.
And how could I resist posting this video?
It took me a very long time to take my favorite bunny pattern - Julie Williams' Bunny Egg Cosy - by adding a body, arms and legs. My first attempt was too big. My second attempt was too small. My third attempt was too skinny. My fourth attempt was just right.
He turned out quite nicely - even if he took almost an entire week to complete. Hey there Little Bunny Foo Foo!
I was trying to figure out what to do with some new lovely fabric I bought. I've been stewing on it for a few weeks. I had an idea in mind to make some pennants or zigzag design when the weekly quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co arrived in my inbox this week.
I needed the quilt to be a solid stripe of colors, rather than just the color on top liking bunting or pennants.
Thanks Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Co - you saved the day!
I'm having so much fun knitting a slew of animal toys, but for some reason the rabbit doesn't want to be.
The first one just didn't knit up to the cute shapes from the pattern. I was knitting too tightly - something that rarely happens to me. Instead of a cute body and head, I ended up with a skinny sausage looking thing for a body and a rat's head to boot. This one quickly went the way of the circular file.
It really does look like a dead mouse. Eew.
Then I decided to go back to a tried and true favorite - Bunny Egg Cosy by Julie Williams - aka Little Cotton Rabbits. I finished the arms, ears, and head and was in the home stretch. But NO, I either got a little cocky, distracted or just plain had an out of body experience, because I sewed the ears onto the nose of the head.
So into the trash pile it went.
Third time's a charm, right? I knit two ears and a head. This time I carefully noted the ear placement and tacked them on in the correct position.
Finally, the head has the correct shape. Now to modify the body and add eggs so I will have a finished bunny rabbit.
Time to hop to it.
It's officially spring today. But in Connecticut, specifically in Westport, we got hit with yet another snow storm. Based on weather maps, our town was one of two high points for snow accumulation. My unofficial backyard gauge - the BBQ grill - shows about 6-7 inches of snow. While most people are complaining and to be honest, pretty tired of all this snow, I must confess I like snow. I'm not the only one in my household who feels this way.
Duke and Otis are a regular pair of snow pups. They love the snow - especially eating it. Wilma is less amused. She tolerates it - but doesn't demean herself to the point of frolicking.
After all that play in the snow, the pups were worn out.
Wilma, too. I just love it when she sleeps with a stuffed animal. It's just too cute!
So happy spring to all of you. I hope you survived our spring storm 2015.
I love IKEA. I have loved it since I first discovered it 25 years ago. When I was mobilized to the Washington, DC area after 9/11 for a year, I furnished my apartment in 100% IKEA. It was then that I discovered this amazing little secret.
The IKEA sewing kit is the BEST.
While it's changed quite a bit since I bought one 14 years ago, it's essentially the same.
For a small investment of $15, you get a lot of basic sewing items. My favorite item is the large pair of IKEA scissors. While these aren't quite my lovely Gingher sewing and craft scissors, I must confess they're a really great pair of scissors for cutting material. Plus you get a seam ripper, a funky needle threader, and some ergonomic clippers.
But that's just the first side. On the other side of the kit you get a box of straight needles, various sizes of safety pins, sewing needles, measuring tape, two thimbles, a stencil kit (in case you're in college and need to identify your things from your roommates) and a curious little hemming contraption along with some pink tailor's chalk.
And it zips up into a tidy little compact kit for storage. It's perfect for the college student heading out in life - ready to face the world, sew on buttons, fix minor sewing issues, rips, or hems. So of course, I bought this one for Primogeniture. Because I think every child - male or female - should know the basics.
And my other favorite IKEA item is the three-pack of scissors for having around the house. These are great to have in the kitchen, office, (older) kids' rooms, bathroom, etc. At just $1.99 a three-pack, you can afford to buy a few of these and let everyone have their own pair of scissors. Plus you can keep these separate from your sewing scissors. I was always taught not to use your sewing scissors for paper and other household cutting.
So there you have it. My plug for a trip to IKEA to enhance your craft room supplies for under $17.00.
There is some exciting news in my family. My nephew & niece-in-law are expecting a baby. It's the first baby of the next generation so we're all very excited. I'm going to be home later this month so I suggested a baby shower.
Thank goodness for Pinterest. I was able to check out Jenna's pins for the new baby and get 1,001 ideas. But you know how dangerous that can be. I tend to grab hold of an idea and run away with it.
Jenna's main themes are Native American Indian and wolves. While I thought about just sending out an electronic invitation, I thought - "That won't be so fun to leave in the baby book." so I got my arts and crafts on and created some invitations. They don't sell them like this at Hallmark!
I Googled "Wolf howling at moon" and came up with several images. With my paints, card stock and computer, I started painting howling wolves.
First I painted the base color with a white moon and wolf head.
Next I added a second layer of gray by adding ears and fur accents on the neck.
Then with some black paint I added the final touches of mouth, nose, eyes, accents and more fur.
Finally, I had a few dozen invitations complete with Jenna's very personalized theme and a quote I found by Googling "Native American Quotes and Sayings"
I can hardly wait for the fun to begin.
There's no one to entertain me, engage me in a conversation, distract me or otherwise give me a good reason to put down my knitting. That means that while he was on a business trip this week, I knit non-stop. That means I managed to finish the Wonderful Wallaby in four days. While I'm glad I completed this project so quickly, it probably wasn't such a great thing for my arms, hands, wrists and back.
Here's the Wallaby. It's not that exciting to see a sweater laying flat on the chair, so I found a small model to help me out.
Such a fun project to knit.
It's been fourteen months since I knit a Wonderful Wallaby - so I figured today was as good a day as any to cast on for a Wonderful Wallaby.
This pattern is a favorite of mine. It's a like a good friend I like to visit from time to time. There are a few reasons this pattern is so great.
What's not to like?
I've been so busy cleaning up with my latest design project. I can't tell you all the details, but let me give you a little hint of what it might entail.
I love diving into a new design project and getting totally caught up in the excitement.
I can't wait to finish this project and share it with you.
Primogeniture received the package with his Dr. Who scarf and modeled it and sent me this picture.
“We all change, when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s okay, that’s good, you’ve got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.” – The Doctor
David Tennant was one of the most beloved Doctors. Check out this great video from Tennant's Wrap Party.
But he's not the only one who is celebrating a wrap. I am, too.
Miles and miles of striped yarn. Or at least inches and inches of striped yarn. 127 inches to be exact.
And Dr. Who is not just for the fringe elements.
Dr. Who has endless fans everywhere.
And time traveling is not necessary to enjoy this very long scarf. I'm hoping Primogeniture enjoys it as much as I've enjoyed knitting it.
Here's the photo and the pattern I followed. I did three of the four lengths of the scarf for a 10 foot plus scarf.
It's a wrap!
I just love having three dogs. OK - except for the last few weeks of sleepless nights. But after getting the puppies back on a normal sleep schedule, and getting a few good nights of sleep myself, I love getting all the cuddles and puppy love from these three possible.
Don't they look so cute sharing their favorite bed. I just love it when they're all cuddly.
I really can't stand the cuteness.
It's Friday and I'm not quite finished with my Dr. Who Scarf because, well, to tell you the truth, this thing goes on and on and on.
It's already about seven feet tall - but I checked with Primogeniture and he's looking for the classic 9-12 foot-long Dr. Who scarf. So I've got more knitting to do. It's fun and I know he'll enjoy wearing it.
Toight was our Pomperaug District Dinner where we gave out awards to the top volunteers in Pomperaug District.
Each year we try something new with desserts to keep it interesting. Last night we created a Dutch Oven Dessert Buffet. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. It was a camper's dream come true.
We basically used the recipes from this viral article - 35 Incredibly Easy Dutch Oven Recipes for Camping. We used our Dutch Ovens but baked them in our conventional ovens.
One giant chocolate chip cookie - traditional Blondie recipe
Peach pecan cobbler
Dutch Oven Cheesecake - YUM!
Peanut Butter Bacon chocolate bars - Did somebody say BACON?
Don't wait for your next campout. Give these a try at home. If you don't have a cast iron Dutch Oven - use what you've got. You can make these in your traditional pots and pans, too.
I'm going to give the other 30 recipes from that link a try. These were so good!